The Philippines is well known for its beautiful coastlines and beaches. No wonder foreigners are making it their second home. Originally from Norway, Chris Bech, saw this opportunity with his wife Tess and invested in real estate in Northern Samar.
A former exporter of Philippine furniture, now social entrepreneur, Chris and his wife bought and developed a beachfront property in Dancalan and built residential buildings that they sell or lease to foreigners.
“We started with one native house and people liked the style. So far, we’ve constructed 10 different houses. Eight of them made of native materials while two others were made of concrete materials,” Chris says.
Facing the Pacific Ocean, the resort boasts of unpolluted air, a clean environment, a kilometer long crescent-shaped golden sand beach, and tropical palms and other vegetation. In fact, Chris has also started an organic farm business in the area.
Chris also noted that the resort is just 2 km from the town proper of Bobon, a fifth class municipality, and 10 km from Catarman, the capital town of Northern Samar. This meant that his clients could easily get their food and other supplies from these places.
Catarman, which has an airport, is just a 10-minute land travel away, while most places in the province could be reached through a concrete highway.
Chris says their place is near some island towns with natural wonders waiting to be explored, such as the rock formations in Biri; the beautiful white sand beaches of San Antonio and the sea caves of Capul.
If these were not enough for sun lovers and adventure seekers, they can also explore the entire Samar island, the country’s third largest, which has a 300,000-ha Samar Island Natural Park in the mainland, he adds.
Australian Harry Vanleent, 54, has started living in Chris’s place just last March but he already has many tales to tell about the fantastic places he’d been to in Northern Samar.
Chris believed that more foreigners would be coming here in the years to come. “We will try to promote this place as a retirement haven in a fresh, clean environment,” he vows. Learn more about him at his official website: Chris Bech